Alexandria Travel Guide
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- AlexandriaMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersArt & Design Lovers
We went to this port city as an entry to Cairo. The location of the port is not that great but the city itself is very nice. The drive to Cairo is quite long so make sure you plan accordingly.
Alexandria is the second-largest city of Egypt, with a population of 4.1 million, extending about 32 km (20 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. It is also the largest city lying directly on the Mediterranean coast. Alexandria is Egypt's largest seaport, serving approximately 80% of Egypt's imports and exports. Alexandria is also an important tourist resort. It is home to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the new Library of Alexandria). It is an important industrial center because of its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez,i visited Alexandria,Egypt with alltoursegypt.com
- AlexandriaFirst to Review
My dream city! You must definitely visit this mixture of oriental traditions and European style!
The Mediterranean Sea washes Alexandria, giving salty cool and fresh air to the every street, each opened window or balcony. As I have noticed, Alexandria is more clean city than Cairo, ways under houses are from marble or ceramics, gardens are beautiful!
Wanna live there!
- AlexandriaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodies
Alexandria is right on the water and the home of quite a bit of history, including the ancient library (no longer there) and the Lighthouse, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. There's good diving, too, but I didn't get a chance to do that.
Visit after Cairo; will seem like a breath of fresh air after the chaos of Cairo. New Library is incredible, plan 3-4 hours minimum and start with the guided tour. Mantazah Palace and Gardens are also beautiful and take time to walk by the sea. Highly recommend lunch at Fish Market-Tikki Grill restaurant on the harbor. Excellent fish and awesome harbor views.
Waterfront is fascinating, especially on local holidays when people bring picnics to the tourist seaside area- a great mix of locals and sight-seeing people from all over the world. Armed guards at mosques will offer to show you around, guide you; avoid them because when they are finished with you they will place one hand on a revolver and outstretch the other hand for your cash - and they don't accept just a few Euros! If you're with a guided tour, make your tour guide go in with you, b/c some tour guides are in partnership with the "guards".
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Aliases: الإسكندرية، مصر